Netflix Pick of the Week: Dracula

Hello all!  How is everyone doing in isolation? Personally, my depression and anxiety have been wreaking havoc on my system this week. And I am certain I’m not the only one having a hard time with everything that is going on right now.  All any of us can do is the best we can for now – and that means something different for each of us.  Hang in there, friends.

With all of the everyday “horrors” that have been taking place, it’s no surprise that this week’s pick is yet another horror story.  I was really close to writing something about Tiger King because watching that show was such a wild ride.  But, honestly, I think the memes that have been going around can do a much better job of selling that outrageous series than I ever could.  So, Tiger King aside, here is this week’s Netflix Pick:

img_9411Dracula created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat – Drama, Horror: A re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula by the creators of BBC’s Sherlock. In this mini series, characters and scenarios have been updated, all while paying homage to the classic vampire tale. There are twists and turns, drama and gore – everything you would expect from a show like this, and then some.

Pros: I really loved how they updated the characters, especially Van Helsing.  I also enjoyed how they didn’t shy away from any potentially homoerotic moments from the original story; in fact, they amplified them and added even more instances of homosexuality.  The story was well written and the lead actors played their roles very well.

Cons: The ending was a bit of a let down.  It made sense, but it felt weak compared to the rest of the story.  Since episode 3 was done in such a different style compared to the previous episodes, it felt like it was missing something.  It’s a good episode on it’s own, but not quite as strong as the others.

Final Thoughts: Sister Agatha is the best! Actually, it was the nuns holding wooden stakes in the trailer that sold me on this show – before seeing them in the trailer I thought I wouldn’t bother wasting time on another Dracula remake.  I enjoyed the nuns overall, but Sister Agatha stole the show.

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